More changes could be on the way for Norwich City’s cup challenge
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert admitted he is prepared to shuffle his pack again for tomorrow's Carling Cup second round tie against MK Dons at Carrow Road.
The Scot went into City's Premier League home curtain raiser against Stoke without longer term absentees Elliott Ward and James Vaughan, who have yet to feature this season in the league after picking up ankle injuries during the build-up.
Zak Whitbread (knee) was ruled out of the Potters' visit following a knock at Wigan and striker Steve Morison (groin) became the latest injury absentee after a training ground injury.
Lambert delivered a positive post-match bulletin on both Whitbread and Morison ahead of a midweek league cup date against the Dons.
'Zak will hopefully he'll be okay in the next few days,' said Lambert. 'Steve just hurt his groin in training (on Saturday), which was disappointing so we couldn't take a chance with him. That small groin strain could turn into a major thing.
'It was enough to stop him training and if we had played him and it flared up after five minutes in the game then we would have had to make a change that I probably never wanted to do. I'll see how they feel on Monday and then I will decide from there. It will probably have to change for that game, but whatever team I pick hopefully we go and win.'
Lambert made a total of six changes from the battling point at Wigan with some notable casualties in the likes of Russell Martin, David Fox and Wes Hoolahan among the fresh injury concerns.
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'I don't think we can go in and be na�ve and think we are going to go into this league and walk over teams,' he said. 'That isn't going to be the case. We are new to the level and we have to adapt to certain things in a game and that is what I did here. I changed it a little bit, but I'll need every player to perform. I spoke to the lads and they were great. I told them I thought it might be a physical game, but it might be different the following week and the week after. I think they know that we need everybody this coming season.'